Tribute and Memorial Gifts

Choose the tribute space that’s right for you.

Tribute Process

  • Step 1: Browse available tributes using the Find an Available Bench or Picnic Table and Find an Available Tree or Plant maps.
  • Step 2: Once you have located a bench, space, or tree that you like, contact mbgna-tributes@umich.edu or 734.615.9475 with the tribute title listed on the pop-up window (E.g. Available Bench #4 – River Landing).
  • Step 3: Work through details of a gift agreement including the tribute/honoree name, funding methods, plaque inscription. 
  • Step 4: Finalize gift agreement with electronic signatures
  • Step 5: Our team will install the plaque on the tree or bench, which will also be replaced or refurbished depending on the state
  • Step 6: You will be sent a photo of the tribute and tribute plaque once everything is installed and our tribute tracker will be updated

Memorial Events

Although Matthaei-Nichols staff do not plan memorial events, we have hosted several celebration of life and memorial services in our rental spaces.

Please visit the rental information area of our website for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a character limit for the bench plaque or tree tag?

There is no character limit, but there is a a line limit of 3 additional lines for a tree tag and 2 lines for a bench plaque. We will work with you to see what is feasible to fit the dimensions.

What would the tribute tree tag and bench plaque look like? 

Some text describing what information will be on the tag from the person.  Please see the examples below.

Contact us!

We are always happy to answer any questions you might have.

Please contact us with any questions at or call 734.615.9475.

Sample Tree Tag

Illustrated sample tree tag for tributes

Sample Bench Tag

Illustrated sample bench tag for tributes